MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on June 1, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Bobbie Marlowe, Chair of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, acted as Secretary of the meeting.  With an application present where the Chair will need to recuse herself, DonJo made a motion to nominate Cynthia Hinson Co-Chair pro tem.  Harry seconded, all in favor.

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

Pursuant of the Sunshine Law adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-5) was provided on January 7, 2004 of this meeting=s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Cynthia Hinson, DonJo Swanagan, Harry Williams and Bobbie Marlowe, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the May 18, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended, motion to approve by Bobbie Marlow, second by DonJo Swanagan, all in favor. 

 

APPLICATIONS

Applicant Sue Carter of 18 Station Road (B18, L16) was present to discuss the details of the proposed addition.  She presented handouts for the window specifications which will be Anderson 400 series 4/4 with grills.  HPAC encouraged her to install traditional sills for all the new windows.  An option could be using a new product made of PVC board called Azac, which is a low maintenance material.  Sue would like to reuse the best of the existing windows in lieu of a new one that faces the street.  She stated that the contractor is willing to do this but if a window is not salvageable, HPAC then recommended replacing with kind.  Roofing material will match existing three tab shingles.  Sue will research the 1 X 6 fascia and soffit using either the PVC board or vinyl clad all the way around.

Bill Gittings and Lee Nissen were present for 14 Evans Drive (B33, L46).  This non historic structure can be seen from across the lake from the park only.  They explained that this project is proposing to raise the roof line to 7’6” and create a gable entrance on the street side with two gables on the lake side.  The windows will be modified.  The board and batten siding will remain or be duplicated.  A pergola will connect the detached garage and house.  The same footprint will be used.  Because of the style, Harry questioned if this was a Tech-Built house which basically came to the site in panels and then assembled.  Mrs. Nissen stated that the exterior mimics a Tech-Build, the interior support beams are of Douglas fir.  Cynthia feels that this design does not fit the surrounding area.  She states that this house on the lake is basically a tear down and rebuild which adds to setting precedence.  DonJo added that raising the roof line will not add much visually to this structure.  This home sits 10 to 12 feet lower than the surrounding homes.  Also other homes have had drastic modifications.  Bobbie Marlowe recused herself.  HPAC listened to this application and then approved, with all in favor.  Three sets of plans, one sealed and two not sealed, were date stamped and signed with the HPAC stamp.  Bill left the sealed set for HPAC file; the remaining sets will be sealed and then submitted to the construction department.

William and Jennfier Kanawyer of 20 Brainerd Drive (B34, L18) were present to discuss their proposed plans for their direction of an Arts & Crafts style front door and porch design.  Photos of their house, front porch gable plans, screen door styles and a hand drawing of the existing wooden front door plan will be reused.  A question of the hand rail, if required, will be a simple single pipe.  Cedar will be used on the columns.  This application was approved, all in favor.

Matt and Claudette Guy of 112 North Main Street returned with a revised and downsized plan of a previously approved application.  This proposed revised addition to this non historic structure will be minus the bump out on the existing south side.  They plan on adding a shed dormer in the rear of house and the approved front dormers will remain.  Cement board is still the preferred siding.  Windows will be Anderson 400 series 6/6 with simulated divided lights.  The casing, frame and trim will match existing.  This revised plan was reviewed and approved by all.

Michael Horrigan of 93 North Main Street (B28, L6) submitted an application for a proposed fence as designated on plot plan.  The north elevation near house will hide an air conditioning unit and trash cans.  This will be a 3’ high solid fence as drawn and submitted.  The west side will have a 3 rail timber fence with a mesh attached to it.  Application was reviewed and approved.

Marion & Peter Mnych of 87 South Main Street (B19, L7.01) made application for installation of a fence to be installed on the rear portion of this property.  The proposed fence will be a vinyl black chain link fence and aluminum fence on the left side of house to edge of property line.  HPAC reviewed this application and approved, all in favor.

Darryl Stephenson of 54 Old Trenton Road (B21, L25) made an application for the installation of a built in pool.  Application reviewed and approved by all.

Hoa Huang of 4 Bergen Drive (B18.03, L22) made application for shed to be installed at the head of the driveway.  HPAC approved this application, all in favor.  After reviewing this application it is apparent that detailed language regarding out buildings or auxiliary building be explicit.

 

DISCUSSION

            Bobbie relayed that she had a conversation with the Goldberg’s regarding the removal of the siding.  Mr. Goldberg worried that the front is not pleasing and is a sloppy mix of wooden repairs.

            Secretary reported that she spoke with the realtor representing Chip Wright.  It was relayed that the outbuildings were contributing and that the owner, current or future, would need to apply for a demolition permit to remove them.  The owner would need to present application to HPAC before applying for the demo permit.

            The timeline for the HPAC proposed ordinance was reviewed and will hopefully be kept on schedule.  HPAC would like to have this long time pending issue passed.

Cynthia Hinson handed her resignation letter to all the members.  She reported that she has one meeting to go before moving on to her next endeavor, which will be living in Italy for six months.

 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe , seconded Cynthia Hinson, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:45 pm. 

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

 

I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

 

That I am duly elected and acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, held on June 1, 2004, consisting of   pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of said Historic Preservation Advisory Commission this June 16, 2004.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary